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One local Killarney lady, who is preparing to step it up on the dancefloor - has come up a unique fundraiser – by placing milk bottles around the town.
Karen Greene, who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing at the INEC on March 8 for the Irish Cancer Society Killarney and South Kerry Branch, is planning to put the specially designed bottles in shops and businesses – and is asking for your loose change.
This local SCD fundraiser has over the years raised over €200,000 for The Irish Cancer Society - and locals are hoping to build on that amount this year.
This year will see 12 couples take to the floor, including Karen and her partner John Lyne who works in Murphy’s Bar.
And her children, Mark, who is captain of St Pauls Scotts Lakers, Johnathon, Michelle and Denis, and grandchildren Ellie-Ana, Levi and Ruby are all looking forward to seeing her dancing on the night.
To try and raise as much as possible Karen wanted to come up something unique, and one day while sitting at home enjoying a cuppa she saw the milk bottle on her table.
“The idea came about at my kitchen table when I was wondering how I was going to raise funds,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.
“The glass milk bottle, which I get from Chris Maloney from Ballymac Dairys, was there and I thought how about I put them into shops and businesses locally. People can donate their loose change.
“Sometimes people are embarrassed that they only have 20 cent or 10 cent – I want it – it all adds up. People think fundraisers are looking for huge sums of money. I’m doing it this way that if every one individual can put small change in, it accumulates and benefits someone somewhere. Even the smallest of pebbles will make outward ripples even in the largest pools.”
She plans to put bottles into Centra Muckross, Sheehan’s Costcutters on the Ross Road, O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy on New St., Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan Insurance/It’s For Rent, Halo Hairdresser on High St., Maher’s Meats and Alure at the Reeks, from February 11 to 18.
Also, from February 4 to 8, the bottles will be in St Brigid’s and Presentation Secondary schools.
“I want to thank the committee and Killarney Printing for doing the labels. I’m looking forward to dancing with John, who has been very patient with me. Best of luck to all the other dancers too.”
And she added that if anyone wants to buy tickets they can contact her on 087 9517582.
Tickets are also on sale from all dancers, which are soon to be announced, at the INEC box office, and from committee members.

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Relegation battle has town divided

By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]

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By Sean Moriarty

This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.

After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.

In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.

Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.

Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.

“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”

Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.

“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”

Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.

The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.

Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.

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Handball off the wall in Killarney

By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]

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By Con Dennehy

The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.

On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.

“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.

Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.

Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.

One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.

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